Offshore vistas

Taylor, Cheryl (2005) Offshore vistas. Australian Book Review, 274. pp. 54-55.

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[Extract] These novels fulfil the brief of ANU's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, where Pandanus Press was founded in 2001, by viewing Australia and Australians from the perspectives of China and a distant island. In The Tao of Shepherding, set in the 1850s, two young Chinese men are kidnapped and sold as labourers to a Riverina sheep property, where they lose all hope of returning to civilisation. The Lost Tribe is mellower, in that the Pacific is crossed in both directions in its counterpointed narratives, one set in the present and the other in the I 860s. These second novels, by promising Australian authors with direct knowledge of the countries depicted in them, offer insights into cross-cultural interactions, myths and religion.

Item ID: 17205
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 0155-2864
Keywords: Australian novels; Chinese migration
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Funders: James Cook University Merit Research Grant 2004, JCU Teaching Relief Award 2004
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 02:22
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 50%
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